Monday, 1 October 2012

Ryanair offers to boost Italian Tourism in exchange for lower costs ©


                                                     
Ryanair has submitted a proposal to the Italian Government that could see it increase its Italian traffic from 24 million to 37 million passengers by 2016 subject to lowering airport taxes and other additional costs, especially municipal taxes. The key elements of the plan include increasing traffic from 24 million passengers in 2012 to 37 million in 2016, the opening of new routes in Campania and Sicily regions and opening of five new bases, and to encourage all airlines to rise above the levels of existing traffic.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley stated "Ryanair is offering to increase traffic and tourism Italians providing 13 million passengers per year, as it will increase our traffic in Italy to 37 million passengers per year by 2016.

These passengers will create and sustain more than 37,000 jobs on site and provide over 5.5 billion euro in tourist revenue to the Italian economy each year. We believe that working with Ryanair the government can increase traffic and tourism quickly because tourism is one of the few sectors that respond instantly to stimuli, growth and Ryanair guarantees in exchange for a lower cost for the passengers".

The Ryanair Italian Tourism Proposal is the third made by Ryanair to Goverments across Europe. In September 2010 it made an formal offer to Irish Government to grow passengers numbers by 6 million passengers over a five year period at Cork, Dublin and Shannon Airports. In February it made an offer to the Spanish government to grow from 38 million to 58 million passengers over a four year period.

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Ryanair pulls Verona routes ©


                                                     
Ryanair announced that from the 12th October its closing all 11 routes to Verona citing non-compliance with contractual terms , moving the routes to competing airports.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "From Friday, October 12 Ryanair will cease operations in Verona, with the consequent loss of 39 weekly flights, 500,000 passengers per annum and up to 500 will be lost in Verona, while Ryanair will continue to grow in the low-cost airports who work with us to provide low fares".

Ryanair's 11 Verona routes: Bari, Brindisi, Alghero, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Madrid, Paris,Palermo, Trapani. Ryanair operates Dublin to Verona three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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ASL Aviation Group expands its Irish based Air Contractors fleet ©

EI-STB Boeing 737-476F shortly after arriving in Dublin 

In response to growing customer demand the ASL Aviation Group announced it has purchased four Boeing 737-400 Freighters, allocating three aircraft to it's Irish based airline Air Contractors, with the company selecting Aeronautical Engineers Inc to provide three Boeing 737-400SF 11 Pallet Configuration Freighter Conversions. The aircraft are all ex Qantas Airways high gross weight Boeing 737-400’s.

Mr. Robert T. Convey Vice President of Sales & Marketing said  “We are honored that the ASL Aviation Group has selected AEI’s B737-400SF 11 Pallet Conversion for their fleet expansion,  we are pleased to welcome the ASL Aviation Group into the Aeronautical Engineers family of operators".

The first aircraft EI-STB Boeing 737-476F c/n 24440 ex N116BT /VH-TJO was registered on 27th September and delivered 29-30th September Miami-Gander-Dublin.

The acquistion enables ASL Group grow the Boeing 737-400 Freighter fleet to seven aircraft,  Europe Air Post acquired F-GZTI Boeing 737-408 (SF) c/n 25063 and F-GZTJ Boeing 737-4S3 (SF) c/n 25595.

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